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Hydro-Mechanical Engineer
Business Line Energy, Resources and Industry
ID # 15329
Job Type Permanent - Full Time
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WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 48,000 team members across the globe.  In Canada, our 8,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We’re among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable




WSP is currently seeking an Intermediate or Senior Hydro-Mechanical Engineer to join our Power Central Canada group, located at our Markham, Kitchener or St. Catharines office. Reporting to the Hydro-mechanical Lead this position will primarily be responsible for the inspection, condition assessment, analysis and design of hydro-mechanical flow control equipment and other mechanical infrastructure associated with dams and hydroelectric stations.


  • Responsibilities shall include:
  • Apply standard techniques, procedures and criteria to carry out engineering tasks;
  • Ensure design compliance with relevant engineering standards and codes, as well as internal QA/QC procedures;
  • Prepare preliminary and detailed designs and specifications for hydro-mechanical equipment at dams and generating stations;
  • Prepare calculations or designs using software packages;
  • Oversee and guide the preparation of drawings for construction;
  • Perform condition assessments – inspections and functional testing;
  • Prepare technical reports, memoranda and meeting minutes;
  • Produce quantity  statements and prepare budget estimates;
  • Support site construction activities including site inspection and contract administration;
  • Participate punctually in site visits and in the resolution of problems related to construction;
  • Perform individually or as a team member within hydro-mechanical discipline on interdisciplinary projects;
  • Perform interdisciplinary coordination with other engineering disciplines per project requirements;
  • QA/QC of peer calculations, drawings, specifications, reports and memos;
  • Manage time spent on design and project tasks to meet established project-specific workplans (cost, quality, timelines);
  • Participate in planning and technical coordination;
  • Manage smaller projects independently;
  • Present technical information, concepts or the results of studies to clients;
  • Contribute to coaching and peer review of the team’s less experienced professionals;
  • Participate in the development of the group's capacity in connection with heavy mechanical design of dam and hydroelectric works;
  • Assist and lead in preparation of proposals;
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent;
  • Registered Professional Engineer with the PEO (or other provinces);
  • Experience in hydro-mechanical, heavy and/or industrial mechanics;
  • Minimum of 5 years of engineering design of heavy mechanical equipment for dams and hydroelectric power stations;
  • Experience in hydro and dams in Central and Western Canada will be considered an asset;
  • Field experience in site monitoring or contract admin for hydro-mechanical equipment considered an asset;
  • Solid technical background with proficiency in the inspection, condition assessment, analysis and design of hydro-mechanical equipment for hydropower and dam projects such as:
    • Vertical gates
    • Radial gates
    • Flap gates
    • Gate hoisting equipment
    • Hoist supporting structures
    • Lifting systems
    • Travelling cranes
    • Follower beams
    • Trash racks
    • Stoplogs
  • Multi-disciplinary versatility and knowledge;
  • Previous success in customer services, client management and proposal writing;
  • Experience with MathCAD, and/or FEM software packages;
  • Experienced in the use of standard industry software such as MS Office, AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks and knowledgeable in software programming;
  • Sense of initiative, proactivity, autonomy and attention to detail;
  • The ability to work in a team;
  • The ability to work in an independent setting;
  • Excellent communication, both oral and written English language;
  • Strong technical writing experience of specification development, proposals and operations & maintenance manuals.


Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

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WSP Canada Inc.


Kitchener, ON

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